Community Theater is Alive and Well.

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with 3 lovely women, Jean Brenner, Kate Fishman and Jean Lausten, who are involved with Town and County Players.  Over the course of the week I’ll be telling you about the play that opens on Friday, directed by Kate Fishman. For now, I’d like to talk about community theater. 

In the course of our conversation, Jean Brenner mentioned a Huffington Post article written by Howard Sherman.  The article deals with the many misconceptions and prejudices that some have toward local productions. To quote Mr. Sherman, “I would like everyone to stop using “Community Theater” as a punch line or punching bag”.

As a person who has been involved in a local theater group for over 20 years I can tell you that although we are all amateurs, we strive to never be amateurish. I am not personally involved at Town and Country but I can tell you that I have seen a number of their productions over the years and have never been disappointed. The recent comedy “Everybody Loves Opal” was very funny and very well done as was “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”. As much as I like comedy I must say that I have equally enjoyed their serious plays. A few years ago we went to see “All My Sons”, a 1947 play by Arthur Miller. It was touching and thought provoking. The acting was very, very good and the play was well directed.

We are lucky enough to have a number of theater groups in the area. Over the next weeks I will share information on those groups as well.  For now, take some time to read the article by Howard Sherman. I think you will find it enlightening.

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